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Tennessee warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina)
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Parulidae
Genus: Leiothlypis
Sangster, 2008
Type species
Sylvia peregrina[1]
A. Wilson, 1811

See text.


Oreothlypis Ridgway, 1884'

Leiothlypis is a genus of New World warbler, formerly classified within the genus Oreothlypis or Vermivora.

The genus was introduced by the Dutch ornithologist George Sangster in 2008 with the Tennessee warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) as the type species. The genus name is derived from the Ancient Greek λειος/leios meaning "plain" and θλυπις/thlupis, an unknown small bird mentioned by Aristotle.[2]

Although in 2009 the genus was rejected by the American Ornithological Society's Committee on Classification and Nomenclature of North and Middle American Birds, it was accepted in their 2019 supplement to the Check-list of North American Birds.[3][4]


Six species are recognised:[5]

Image Scientific name Common Name Distribution
Leiothlypis peregrina Tennessee warbler Northern Canada and northeastern United States to Central America and northern South America.
Leiothlypis celata Orange-crowned warbler Canada and Alaska south to Central America.
Leiothlypis crissalis Colima warbler Sierra Madre Occidental and Oriental of central Mexico, into adjacent southwestern Texas in the Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park.
Leiothlypis luciae Lucy's warbler southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico.
Leiothlypis ruficapilla Nashville warbler North and Central America
Leiothlypis virginiae Virginia's warbler southern mountains of Colorado, central Wyoming, and central and western New Mexico.


  1. ^ "Parulidae". The Trust for Avian Systematics. Retrieved 2023-07-16.
  2. ^ Sangster, George (2008). "A revision of Vermivora (Parulidae) with the description of a new genus". Bulletin of the British Ornithologists' Club. 128: 207–211 [210–211].
  3. ^ Chesser, Terry; Burns, Kevin; Cicero, Carlo; Dunn, Jon; Kratter, Andrew; Lovette, Irby; Rasmussen, Pamela; Remsen, JV; Stotz, Douglas; Winker, Kevin (2019). "Sixtieth supplement to the American Ornithological Society's Check-list of North American Birds". Auk. 136 (3). doi:10.1093/auk/ukz042.
  4. ^ "2019-B" (PDF). AOS Classification Committee – North and Middle America. American Ornithological Socirty. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  5. ^ Gill, Frank; Donsker, David, eds. (2019). "New World warblers, mitrospingid tanagers". IOC World Bird List Version 9.2. International Ornithologists' Union. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
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